Did you say you’ve got nothing to do?
That can’t be the case in South Jersey during the summer, when more than 50 festivals, fairs, invitationals, competitions and tournaments crowd the calendar. Here’s a list to help plan your seasonal activities. We even threw in a couple festivals after Labor Day — not all of us are just here for the summer.
Hop Sauce Festival: Where can you heat up with hot sauce and cool down with some craft beer? Beach Haven’s Hop Sauce Festival would be a good bet. And there’s live music and food, so everyone in the family can get involved. Runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the ball field between 9th Street and Taylor Avenue, Beach Haven. $15 general admission, $40 admission with beer sampling bracelet ahead of the event. $20 for general admission, $50 admission and beer sampling bracelet at the door. VIP packages $100. Visit hopsaucefest.com or email email@example.com.
Strawberry Festival: Everything strawberry comes to Cape May yet again with this annual festival. Watch the crowning of the new Strawberry King and Strawberry Queen, eat your fill of berry-covered shortcake and more. Runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wilbraham Park, Perry Street, Cape May. Free. Call Diane Flanegan at 609-884-9325.
June 4 TO 5
Sharrott Wine and Music Festival: The Sharrott Winery in Hammonton boasts this wine and music festival to be its biggest event of the year. With multiple bands and more than 80 wines to taste, we’d believe it. Runs 12 to 5 p.m. both days at 370 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton. $20 general admission, advance tickets $15, Wine Club members $12, anyone under 21 in free. Admission includes souvenir glass. Visit sharrottwinery.com or call 609-567-9463
The Race of Gentlemen: The Race of Gentlemen brings out automobiles and motorcycles onto the mile-long Wildwood beaches to show off the power of vintage vehicles. Runs 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, with bonfire party from 7 p.m. to midnight June 4 on the beach near Morey’s Pier, 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood. Weekend passes online, not including fees, $50 plus fees for adults, $20 for children under 15. Weekend passes at the door $55 for adults, $25 children under 15. Single day tickets $30 for adults, $15 children 7 and older. Visit theraceofgentlemen.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Wine Fiesta: Mexican food, wine, beer and cocktails will merge at this family-friendly event at Renault Resort and Golf Course in Egg Harbor City. Runs noon to 4 p.m. at 72 N. Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City. Free admission, cash bar. Call 609-965-2111 or visit renaultwinery.com.
June 8 TO 11
South Jersey Shark Tournament: This competitive shark-fishing competition returns, averaging 150 to 200 boats. Last year’s record payout was more than $345,128. Registration and captains’ meeting June 8; departing inlet to final weigh in 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 9, 10 and 11 at South Jersey Marina, 1231 Route 109, Cape May. Entry fee $575 per boat for five participants. Visit southjerseytournaments.com or call 609-884-2400.
June 9 to 12
Lighthouse International Film Festival: Throughout the weekend, more than 70 documentaries, shorts and narrative films will be featured. 7 to 9 p.m. June 9, 3:15 to 11:59 p.m. June 10, 11 a.m. to 11:33 p.m. June 11 and 11:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 12. Screening locations include Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township; Long Beach Island Historical Museum, 129 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven; and Surf City Volunteer Fire Station, 713 N. Long Beach Blvd., Surf City. Costs $12 to $15 for tickets to individual films, $125 for an all-access pass. It is strongly suggested that people buy tickets ahead of time as some screenings sold out last year. To get more information, visit lighthousefilmfestival.org.
June 10 TO 11
Wildwood Beer Fest: More than 100 beers will be on tap for this second-year festival in Fox Park. Don’t drink? No problem — designated drivers can get in, as long as they are age 21 or older. Open 6 to 10 p.m. June 10, noon to 4 p.m. June 11 and 6 to 10 p.m. June 11 at Fox Park, between East Burk and East Montgomery avenues, Wildwood. Costs $40 plus fees for each session. Designated driver tickets, $5. Call 609-729-8870, visit their website, or email email@example.com.
Mummers Brigade Weekend: This year’s Mummers Brigades will be joined by Mummers String Bands to join in a pub crawl, parade and more. Pub crawl starts 7 p.m. June 10 at various locations, parade 4:30 p.m. June 11 along Olde New Jersey Avenue. Free. Call 609-374-0562 or visit northwildwood.com.
June 10 to 12
AnimeNEXT: Its first year in Atlantic City, this convention is everything anime: from creators and voice actors of anime and manga, to gaming and Japanese bands. General programs 9 a.m. to midnight June 10 and 11; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 12. Hours subject to change. Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Blvd., Atlantic City. Three-day passes $70, Friday pass $40, Saturday pass $50, Sunday pass $35. Pre-registration closed May 25. Visit animenext.org.
AC Boardwalk Beer Fest: Drink your beer on the boards! This is the second year of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Beer Festival. Besides the suds, the festival promises live music, a seminar hosted by award-winning critic Gary Monterosso and more. Sessions are noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and 5 to 9:30 p.m. with VIP ticket on the Boardwalk in front of Harry’s Oyster Bar, 1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City. $39.99 for each session; $59.99 VIP package. Visit boardwalkbeerfestival.com.
Food Truck Festival: More than 30 food trucks will park in Hammonton for the town’s second such festival. Mexican, Caribbean, Indian, American and more cuisines make up a United Nations of meals on wheels from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Bellevue Avenue, Hammonton. Free; food available to buy. Email HammontonFTF@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/FTFHammton.
Privateers and Pirate Festival: Hunt for treasure, learn about piracy, listen to some hearty shanties from Pirates for Sail and get a picture in the new pirate photo booth with this annual seafaring event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton. $8 general admission, $6 seniors, $3 children, free to Seaport members. Visit tuckertonseaport.org or call 609-296-8868.
June 11 to 12
Pour into Summer Wine Festival: This is the fifth year of this Long Beach Island festival, and if you think it’s just wine, you’d be wrong. It will have more than 200 wines, but it’s adjacent to the Beach Bums Corvette Show, will host live music and more from 1 to 7 p.m. June 11 and noon to 4 p.m. June 12 at Bay and Taylor avenues, Beach Haven. $15 in advance, plus fees; $20 at the gate. Those not drinking or under 21 are free. Visit newjerseywineevents.com.
June 17 to 19
Jeep Beach Invasion: Hundreds of Jeeps are expected to invade the Wildwood beaches for this festival during Father’s Day Weekend. Live music, vendors, a Jeep obstacle course and other events will take place, too. Events start at 5 p.m. June 17, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 18 and 10 a.m. June 19. Events June 17 are Fox Park, 4500 Ocean Ave., Wildwood; rest of the weekend at 3720 Boardwalk, Wildwood. June 17 events free, general admission June 18 or 19 $30, joint admission June 18 and 19 $50, show and shine admission June 19 $55. Registration required for all events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit njjeepinvasion.com.
Cabs at the Beach: Drum beats and bugle horns will ring out from Wildwood as four teams from three states compete, with an exhibition performance from alumni of the Hawthorne Caballeros. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., show starts 6:30 p.m. at Maxwell Field, 401 W. Youngs Ave., Wildwood. $18 general admission, mail-in payment $20.50 should be sent to Hawthorne Caballeros, PO Box 2148, Wayne, NJ 07474-2148. Visit hawthornecaballeros.org or email email@example.com.
June 18 to 19
AC Food Truck Festival: This inaugural food truck festival will bring in more than a dozen food trucks to the city’s Brighton Park aside the Claridge Hotel. Music in the park and a kids zone can appease the younger crowds, while the full-service bar will satisfy adults. Noon to 8 p.m. June 18; noon to 6 p.m. June 19 at Brighton Park, Park Place and Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Free; food available to buy. Visit acfoodtruckfest.com.
June 18 to 19
Skimmer Festival: The Father’s Day festival will bring back the vendor craft market, an antique auto show and guided tours. New this year is amusement rides for select hours throughout the weekend. Runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days; 6 to 9 p.m. concert and dance party June 18, at JFK Boulevard and the Promenade, Sea Isle City. Free. Call 609-263-8687 or visit visitsicnj.com.
June 18 to 19
Maritime Festival: This year’s festival celebrating maritime history will feature five areas: The Anglesea Fine Arts and Crafts Show, a food court, a live performance stage, the Anglesea Marketplace and an area of living history. Runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19 at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, 111 N. Central Ave., North Wildwood. Free. Visit herefordlighthousefestivals.org or call 609-522-4520.
June 20 to 23
National Marbles Tournament: A decadeslong tradition in Wildwood hosts marble shooters, known as “mibsters.” By the end of the weekend, a King and Queen of marbles will be crowned. Games held from 8 a.m. to noon on beach at East Wildwood Avenue, Wildwood. Free. Call 304-337-2764 or visit nationalmarblestournament.org.
June 24 to 26
North Wildwood Italian-American Festival: Italian music, food and more is to be expected at this 22nd annual festival in North Wildwood. Free entertainment will be available through the festival from 4 to 11 p.m. June 24, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 25 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 26 at First and Olde New Jersey avenues, North Wildwood. Free; food available to buy. Call 609-408-5793 or visit facebook.com/italianamericanfestivalnorthwildwood.
June 24 to 26
Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival: Dim sum, burgers and other to-go food will be available at this festival. And if you can’t get out to that weekend’s event, there will be another go-around Sept. 9 through 11. Runs noon to 8 p.m. June 24 and 25 and noon to 5 p.m. June 26 at Kix McNutley’s, 63rd and Landis avenues, Sea Isle City. Free; food available to buy. Call 609-318-4504 or visit seaislecityfood.com.
Cape May Hops Festival: This new festival celebrates a lot of Bs: beer, barbecue, blues, you get the idea. You can add a few Cs, too, with an additional crafts and collectibles show. Runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Free; food and other items available to buy. Call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org.
Jazzy Scallop and Seafood Festival: What makes a scallop jazzy? We’re not totally sure, but you can probably find out at the eighth annual Jazzy Scallop and Seafood Festival from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Viking Village, 1801 Bayview Ave., Barnegat Light. $25 advance tickets through June 24; $30 day of. Visit vikingvillage.homestead.com.
Assault on Patcong Creek Crabbing Tournament & Barbecue: This event started with a dozen or so friends crabbing along the creek; now it's the largest crabbing tournament in the country, based in Somers Point. Though registration is already full to crab, the free event is open to folks who are invited guests of a registered Assault on Patcong Creek participant. If you do get on the list, please bring a covered dish or something to be shared. Party starts at approximately 1 p.m. at the Somers Point Fire Company No. 1 on Bethel Road. For more information, or to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 609-517-2531 or visit assaultonpatcongcreek.com.
Note: The Wildwoods Latin Heritage Festival previously set for June 25 has been canceled.
June 25 to 26
Baymen’s Seafood and Music Festival: Molly Malone may have been known for her mussels and cockles, but this Tuckerton festival will bring on clams, crabs, scallops and more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton. $8 admission. Visit tuckertonseaport.org or call 609-296-8868.
June 25 to 26
Beach Blast Soccer Tournament: Soccer players — from younger children to adults, male, female and co-ed — will bare their feet to play in this annual soccer tournament from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days at beaches between Spencer and Poplar avenues, Wildwood. Free to spectators. Email email@example.com or visit capeexpress.com.
June 25 to 26
Fantasy Faire: With Mystic Realms’ theatrical players presenting this medieval/Renaissance festival at Wheaton Arts, fairegoers could be pulled in to the act (literally) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at WheatonArts, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville. $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for students, children 5 years old and younger free. Visit wheatonarts.org.
Red, White + Blueberry Festival: Sure, Hammonton is known throughout the country as a blueberry capital. But throw in some patriotism, and you’ve got this pre-July 4th festival. Runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hammonton High School, 566 Old Forks Road, Hammonton. Free. Visit hammontonnj.us or call 609-561-9080.
Cape May County Lifeguard Championship: Beach patrols battle it out with various lifeguard competitions, from rowing to running and swimming. Who will be the top this year? Starts at 6 p.m. at Rambler Road and the beach, Wildwood. Free to attend. Call 609-522-3825 or visit wcbp.org.
July 8 to 10
New Jersey State BBQ and Anglesea Blues Festival: It will take hours to develop some of the smoky, sticky meat that will be shown off at this annual competition and festival. I’m sure it won’t take that long to enjoy it with a side of blues music. Runs 4 to 11 p.m. July 8, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 9 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 10 at 201 New Jersey Ave., North Wildwood. Free admission. Visit njbbq.com.
July 8 to 10
Vintage Motorcycle Festival: Vintage motorcycles will be raised, music will be played, crafts will be vended and more in this all-weekend festival during various hours at New Jersey Motorsports Park, 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville. $30 for three-day ticket; $25 two-day ticket; July 8 ticket $10, $15 for either July 9 or July 10. Children under 12 free with paid adult. Visit njmp.com.
Dragon Boat Festival: This inaugural festival will bring the hundreds-of-centuries-old tradition of dragon boat races to the modern age. No experience necessary, and proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club South Jersey. Runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bader Field, Atlantic City. $2,400 per boat for corporate registration; $1,800 per boat on community registration; $1,080 for club survivors, supporters and students. Visit gildasclubsouthjersey.org.
July 9 to 10
Bacon Fest: Bacon makes everything better, but how good could a bacon-centric festival be? Food trucks will offer their spin on the pork candy, and eventgoers can participate in a bacon-eating competition. Runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 9 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 10 at Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton. $8 admission. Visit tuckertonseaport.org or call 609-296-8868.
July 9 to 10
Wildwood Cornhole Tournament: Cornhole, the beanbag-flinging game, is coming back to the Wildwood beaches, and they’re celebrating by holding two days of tournaments of the popular beach-and-backyard game with a 11 a.m. tournament start July 9 and 10:30 a.m. start July 10 (registration starts at 9 a.m.) on the beach at Wildwood Avenue, Wildwood. $25 registration fee July 9, $45 pre-registration fee for July 10 tournament and $50 day-of. Visit wildwoodcornhole.com.
July 11 to 16
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival: This feast is the longest running Italian festival in the United States. With this year's festival the 141st year, it's no surprise. Masses, entertainment and rides abound at Mt. Carmel Lane in Hammonton. Be sure to check out its website for more information on specific times of performers and Masses. Admission to the festival free, and an unlimited ride pass is $25. For more information, visit mountcarmelsociety.homestead.com.
Duke of Fluke Fishing Competition: It’s an all-day fishing event with large cash prizes. At the end of the day, a pig roast, live music and awards will be handed out after the area’s largest fluke tourney. Tournament starts at 7:30 a.m., after-party starts at 6 p.m. at Sterling Harbor Bait & Tackle, 1020 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood. Registration $300 per boat, includes tickets for four people and admission to after-party. Visit sterlingharbor.com or call 609-729-1425.
NJ State Crab Festival: Some days it’s good to be crabby. The organizers of the NJ State Crab Festival expect it when people delve into bushels of crabs, crabby bloody Marys and more. Runs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at In front of Ice House Restaurant, 4415 Park Blvd., Wildwood. Free admission. Call 522-0033 or visit icehousewildwood.com.
July 16 to 17
12th annual Celtic Festival: You don’t need to visit the Scottish highlands to celebrate Celtic culture. Historic Cold Spring Village is holding its 12th Celtic Festival with music, food and entertainment from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days at Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Route 9, Cape May. $12 for adults; $10 for children between 3 and 12; children under 3 free. Visit hcsv.org.
29th Annual Art Festival: More than 60 artists and crafters are expected to sell their original work at this arts festival, featuring jewelry, paintings, photographs and more, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sunset Park, West Salem Avenue, Harvey Cedars. Free admission and parking. Visit harveycedars.org.
July 22 to 23
Knee High Knuckle Buster Midget Wrestling Championship: Produced by Good Time Tricycle Productions and Hideaway Atlantic City, organizers ask that you get ready for the "Biggest Little Event in Atlantic City History." Wrestling and other events will occur in the open-air lot in front of the Hideaway on New York Avenue. The first night includes a weigh-in at 9 p.m., while the next day's main event from 7 to 11 p.m. will feature four fights and an all-in battle. Ticket prices range from $15 to $55, depending on the event. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.
Christmas in July: Yes Virginia, Santa Claus does get his beard sandy. He’s expected to, at least, in Wildwood’s Christmas in July celebration. Event starts at 1 p.m. along the North Wildwood beach. Free. Visit northwildwood.com or call 609-522-7500.
July 23 to 24
Railroad Days: Cold Spring Village already takes visitors back in time, but this event will bring you to the locomotive age from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Route 9, Cape May. $12 for adults; $10 for children between 3 and 12; children under 3 free. Visit hcsv.org.
Sand Castle Building Contest: Take your castle-building skills to the next level. Prizes will be awarded in age categories: 7 and under; 8 to 12 years old; 13 and up; and families. Register between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Judging starts at 3 p.m., with winners announced at 4 p.m. at the beach in front of Laguna Grill and Rum Bar, 1400 Ocean Ave, Brigantine. Free. Call 609-266-2911.
July 30 to 31
Ultimate Frisbee Tournament: One could have a lot of fun with a frisbee on a beach, but why not make it a little more competitive? This tournament allows multiple 10-person teams to compete throughout the weekend. Play starts at 9:30 a.m. July 30 and 10 a.m. July 31, and a party for registered players is 5 to 9 p.m. July 30, at the beach near Morey’s Pier, 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood. $450 registration fee covers 10 players, additional $45 per player after that. Visit wildwoodultimate.com.
Aug. 5 to 7
New Jersey Fringe Festival: This inaugural festival in Hammonton will bring theater and arts to 16 venues in the downtown area. It’s anchored by the Eagle Theatre. It’s various times throughout the weekend at Anchored at Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton. All-access passes $40; Aug. 6 passes $25; passes for Aug. 5 and Aug. 7 $20. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit jerseyfringe.com.
Cape May Beer and Crab Festival: Indulging in seafood and craft beer may be a favorite summertime pleasure for a lot of people. This festival in Cape May will capitalize on that from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Free admission. Visit capemaymac.org or call 609-884-5404.
Cider Social: The Cider Social hosted by Good Time Tricycle Productions is coming back, but it's evolved. This year, the cider-centric event will be held on the Atlantic City beach at Steel Pier from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets $40 on the event website, as well as those sold ahead of the event at Joe Canal's (both at 3119 Fire Road and 6036 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township). Day-of tickets at the door are $50, and designated driver tickets are $15. Must be 21 to attend. For more information, visit cidersocial.com or check out the event's website on Facebook here.
Aug. 12 to 14
Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash Expo and Show: This ink-soaked event will return to the convention center to showcase more than 100 artists and vendors from noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 12 and Aug. 13 and noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood. $20 day pass; $40 weekend pass; children under 12 free. Visit wildwoodtattoobeachbash.com.
Aug. 19 to 21
Monster Truck Beach Nationals: Get in some beach time with names like Snakebite, Brutus, Equalizer, Hot Tamale and Crushstation. They’re not weightlifters but the players in this year’s Monster Truck Beach Nationals. Qualifying races start 7 p.m. Aug. 19 and races are 1 and 7 p.m. Aug. 20 and start again 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at Beach at Spicer Avenue, Wildwood. Ticket prices range from $10 to $81, without fees. Additional charges at the door of the event. Visit wildwoodmotorevents.ticketleap.com or call 609-522-4546.
Aug. 13 to 14
Classic Car Show + Cruise: While cars are not typical sights in the time period Historic Cold Spring Village is known for, they’re an exception from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Route 9, Cape May. $12 for adults; $10 for children between 3 and 12; children under 3 free. Visit hcsv.org.
Aug. 13 to 14
Truckerton Summer Edition: If you missed the springtime version of this food truck festival, don’t fret. More than a dozen trucks are expected to dole out food and drink from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton. Cost $8, save $1 with a food pantry donation. Visit tuckertonseaport.org or call 609-296-8868.
Grape Stomping Wine Festival: Get to the root — or the foot — of how wine is made at this grape-stomping festival. Another one will be held at Renault in October, if you miss this one starting at noon on the grounds of Renault Winery Resort & Golf, 72 N. Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City. Free admission. Visit renaultwinery.com.
Wildwood Block Party and Festival: Summer will come to a close, and the organizers behind this block party want to send it out in style with live entertainment, crafts, food and more 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Fox Park, between East Burk and East Montgomery avenues, Wildwood. Free. Call 522-2444 or visit wildwoodnj.org.
AFTER LABOR DAY
Sept. 10 to 11
Atlantic City Seafood Festival: This two-day seafood festival is coming back for its fifth year. The event’s Facebook page says its purpose is to “feed you yummy seafood.” Enough said. Various hours both days at Bader Field, Atlantic City. $5 general admission, kids under 12 free, free on-site parking. Call 609-412-9056 or visit acseafoodfest.com.
Harvest Brew Festival: This first-time festival will celebrate the season, from timely, regional beer, crafts and collectibles, and family activities 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Free. Call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org.
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Features reporter, Flavor magazine editor